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Three Plays by Aristophanes: Lysistrata/Women at the Thesmophoria/Assemblywomen

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Three Plays by Aristophanes presents Aristophanes' three women's comedies in a single volume and in unexpurgated, annotated translations. There are introductions to each play, and general introductory chapters cover Aristophanes, his theater and the women in his plays; an appendix contains relevant additional material from Aristophanes' lost comedies. Three Plays by ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 27th 1996 by Routledge (first published -391)
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Abbie
Sep 07, 2008 Abbie rated it liked it
I have to admit that I didn't just whip this off the shelf, thinking, "Boy, it's been a long time since I read any good Attic comedy... ooh, and here's a new translation."

No, this was assigned reading for one of my few college courses that had no equations. These three plays of Aristophanes all prominently feature women. "Lysistrata" deals with a sexual strike coordinated by the women of Athens and Sparta to make their men forge a peace treaty and end the war. "Women at the Thesmophoria" is abou
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Carol
Aug 20, 2016 Carol rated it did not like it
OK, I rated this for the translator (Jeffrey Henderson), not the plays. And I only read a little bit of Lysistrata before deciding that this version is not for me. I had previously read the play as translated by Benjamin Brinkley Rogers, and was looking forward to reading it again. But I'm not even going to finish the prologue, let alone the entire play. and never mind the other plays.

Now, maybe I'm just a grumpy old woman. And maybe this translation is true to the rowdy approach of the original
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Katie Pagan
Absolutely amazing. As much as it's been said, Lysistrata is an absolute must-read. It's hilarious in a bawdy, sometimes rated-R , way. Of course that's a good thing (especially the scene between Myrrhine and her husband)! What's more, the issues raised are actually kind of relevant and provoking. What if women actually did go on a massive sex strike? Incidentally, it's still happening...and it works! Follow the link below to see what I mean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFR-7O...
Sammi
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Marc
Sep 02, 2015 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-greece
Vrouwenstaking: Mooi thema, prachtig-realistische uitgewerkt, bijzonder schunnige taal. Heel amusant, maar wel zwak slot.
Vrouwenfeest: Duister, complex en onnavolgbaar stuk vol verwijzingen naar stukken van Euripides; niet genietbaar.
vrouwenpolitiek: Fris en leuk stuk, sterk vergelijkbaar met vrouwenstaking, maar sterk verzwakkend naar het einde. Opvallende satire op aspecten van het democratisch systeem: gemakkelijk bedrog, het zittende volk komt vooral voor de zitpenningen, enz.
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Bonnie
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Done with this for now, although I plan to come back to it and read introductions and the closing fragments. Lysistrata, Assemblywomen, and Women at the Thesmophoria for a Woman in Antiquity class--Aristophanes is so much better than Lysistrata gives him credit for. I now have, at least, some blossoming interest in comedy.
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Aristophanes (Greek: Αριστοφάνης; c. 446 BCE – c. 386 BCE) was a playwright of ancient Athens.

About 11 of his works are known in full, and they are the only plays of the "Old Comedy" style to have survived. They are The Acharnians, The Birds, The Clouds, The Ecclesiazusae, The Frogs, The Knights, Peace, Plutus (Wealth), The Thesmophoriazusae, and The Wasps. These plays have been translated into m
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